Healthy Navratra Recipe – Samak Rice Dosa

The nine pious days devoted to different forms of Goddesses is of great significance in Hindu religious. Fasting is one of the integral parts of this period. The food served is satvik (free from impurities that ring only positive effect on human body). The cereals, salt, and grains are different from what is used in daily life.

Know your Samak Rice

Samak rice is a healthy replacement for rice eaters during navratras. It is not a cereal but a fruit. It is actually the seed of a grass (Echinochloa Colonum) which frequently grows amongst the rice paddy. The samak rice can be made staple diet in every spiritual fast. It offers nourishment and energy to the body.

Calorie Factor

Samak rice contains 169 Calories per 174 g. it is high in digestible fiber. It is similar to rice in taste and texture and a rich source of minerals and vitamins.

The Benefits

Wheat and rice are rich in refined carbohydrates. According to Ayurveda and health experts, it is said that one should observe cereal fast of up to 80 days in a year. While on this fast, one must abstain from wheat flour, rice and sugar. However, these can be replaced with kuttu (buckwheat) and singhara (water chestnut) flour and Samak chaval. These ingredients are known to be heart healthy. Diabetic patients can also eat Samak Chaval.

Unfortunately, the cooking rituals in India and eating habits tend to make even the healthiest ingredients loose the benefits. No wonder India is going through an epidemic of metabolic syndrome. This is a condition that develops due to eating a lot of refined carbohydrates.

To make your Navratra healthy with Samak Rice, here is a healthy recipe that keeps the goodness of ingredients intact without compromising on taste:

Recipe – Samak Rice Dosa

Ingredients Required

Samak rice – ¾ cup

Rajgira flour – 4 tbsp

Green chillies paste – 1 tsp

Ginger paste – ½ tsp

Yogurt – 3 tsp

Sendha namak to taste

Refined oil for baking

Preparation Method

Step 1: Clean, wash and soak the samak rice in 2½ cups of water for about 3 hours.

Step 2: Grind the soaked rice to make a very smooth paste.

Step 3: In a large bowl, add rice paste, ginger paste, chilli paste and sendha namak.

Step 4: Add yogurt and rajgira flour into the bowl, mix well.

Step 5: Cover it, keep aside for 4-5 hours.

Step 6: Heat a non-stick pan, grease it with some refined oil.

Step 7: Now pour a ladleful batter over the pan.

Step 8: Spread it in a circular motion using ladle to make a thin layer.

Step 9: Pour little refined oil over the dosa and bake from both side till it becomes crispy.

Step 10: Serve hot with coriander-mint chutney.


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